Ten issues may not seem like a huge milestone for a magazine, but for one that breaks rules and is single-handedly changing everything a guitar magazine should be, She Shreds is ready to celebrate that milestone. She Shreds is the only print magazine dedicated to female guitarists and bassists and to celebrate their milestone they put together a showcase featuring some of today’s best female musicians. On May 21st, Market Hotel in Brooklyn hosted the 10th Issue release party for She Shreds, featuring Holly Miranda, Field Mouse, Allison Crutchfield, and Aly Spaltro – a.k.a. Lady Lamb.
Holly Miranda took the dimly-lit stage first, proclaiming that she would be the “quietest act of the night by far”. Miranda played a combination of new and old songs, including tracks from last year’s excellent self-titled record, and her fantastic covers EP that came out last week, Party Trick. It was a real treat and a great way to start off the show.
The next band to take the stage was Field Mouse, who were the only non-solo act of the evening with five members crammed on stage. Their set brought a ton of energy to the show, and definitely got people moving. At one point, lead singer Rachel Browne’s pedal board stopped working, but she soldiered through and continued to shred through a great set.
Allison Crutchfield of Swearin’ played a varied set, starting on keyboards and switching to guitar and back. Crutchfield played some songs from her solo record, Lean Into It, and songs from a record that will be released sometime in the future. She closed her set with a wonderful cover of Sleater-Kinney’s “Modern Girl” featuring Field Mouse’ Rachel Browne on drums and She Shreds editor Cynthia Schemmer on guitar.
Before she sang a single note, Lady Lamb turned off each and every light illuminating the stage in the Market Hotel, leaving the stage to be lit only by the lights from the JMZ subway platform across the street. Now, besides being a really cool way to perform a song, it showed Spaltro’s unwavering dedication to creating an experience to be consumed exactly how she wants . Most artists I’ve seen perform at Market write off the basic lighting and lacking sound as “eh, it’s DIY!“, but, even in this space, she made sure she was creating something exactly as she intended.
She opened, in the near darkness, with the acapella “Up In The Rafters” before going into a great set of songs ranging from old regulars like “Bird Balloons”, new favorites like “Billions of Eyes” and deep tracks like “Shoulders”. After a song, Spaltro asked what she should play next, seemingly worried she had lost the attention of the crowd, someone yelled out “Aubergine!” to which Spaltro replied “I guess I should speed it up”. What resulted from that was a passionate, loud sing-along and a roaring of applause from the audience. Her set ended after she demanded everyone sing along to “Crane Your Neck”, and we did.
She Shreds created an amazing evening celebrating the music of some of the most talented musicians in the world, female or male. We’d like to congratulate them on ten amazing issues, and we look forward to celebrating the next ten with them in the future.
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